Rikki Tikki Tavi

Cook Islands 2013 - 5$ - Soyuzmultfilm Rikki Tikki Tavi - 1oz LIMITED Silver Coin

Low Mintage only 1000!
The current series of coins has been released for the 75th anniversary of “Soyuzmultfilm”.

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Country Cook Islands
Year 2013
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 5
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1oz - 31,1g
Diameter 38,61 mm
Edge Serrated
Mintage 1000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $105.30
Coin Story

This silver proof coin with a serrated edge is dedicated to the short story "Rikki Tikki Tavi". Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a short story in The Jungle Book (1894) by Rudyard Kipling about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose.

The story follows the experiences of a young mongoose named Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (for his chattering vocalizations) after he was adopted into a British family residing in a bungalow in India, as a pet and as protection against venomous snakes. After becoming acquainted with some of the other creatures inhabiting the garden, Rikki is warned of two cobras Nag and Nagaina, who are angered by the family's presence on the territory which they had previously dominated. Nag enters the house's bathroom before dawn but is attacked by Rikki. The struggle that ensues awakens the human family and the father kills Nag with a double-barrelled shotgun.

Nagaina, grieving, attempts revenge against Rikki's human family, cornering them as they take breakfast on an outdoor veranda. While Nagaina has been distracted by the wife of a bird named Darzee, Rikki has destroyed the cobra's unhatched brood of eggs except for one. He now carries it to where Nagaina is threatening to bite the child Teddy while his parents watch helplessly. Nagaina, enraged, recovers her egg, but, pursued by Rikki-Tikki to the cobra's underground nest where an unseen final battle takes place. Rikki emerges triumphantly from the hole, declaring Nagaina's death. His subsequent role is to protect the family by keeping the garden free from any future intrusion by snakes.

The story is a favorite of Kipling fans and is notable for its frightening and serious tone. Some epic features add to the standard typology of the hero defeating the villain. It has often been anthologised and has also been published more than once as a short book in its own right. A 21-minute Russian animated adaptation was released in 1961. It was directed by Alexandra Snezhko-Blotskaya at Soyuzmultfilm studio.

Reverse Design

This proof quality coin depicts Rikki Tikki Tavi, the mongoose, fighting against one of the two cobras in an anciant Indian jungle city. The two characters are beautifully designed and offset themselves against the backgroud, due to the applied color. You will also find the official “Soyuzmultfilm” trademark on the face of the coin.

Obverse Design

Each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


The "Soyuzmultfilm Rikki Tikki Tavi" 1 oz silver coin comes in a nostalgic box, based on the original drawings of the cartoon. The Certificate of Authenticity is placed inside the packaging.

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